It's not easy, as a girl, staying motivated in outdoor activities. In adulthood I have the freedom to go on long walks, or take a weekend off to go camping. When I was younger there were limitations pertaining to safety and resources. Outside of joining school athletic programs, most girls are left with hopscotch and biking. And, if you've read my previous reviews, you know I never took that up! I remember the first time I saw a Razor Scooter, I had wanted one so bad I begged my parents for the better part of a year. Each holiday came, and pass, with no scooter. All the boys in our neighborhood, my friends, had skateboards which I was much too intimidate by. It was enough to rekindle my interest in biking but, by then, Momma had already made her mind up, she was not going to shell out $200 on a bicycle that would likely end up collecting cobwebs on the patio.
For me, as a grumbly teenager, the key was a fateful weekend trip to the desert salt flats, with Momma's rickety (but colorful) land yacht. Now, to the average person, strapping yourself into a bucket seat 6-8" off the ground with nothing but a triangular metal frame at your base, and a giant 7' sail might seem a bit precarious. Take that same device and drop yourself in the middle of an open lake bed with winds 15MPH+, and you have a speeding mass of flesh and steel that can reach up to 70MPH+. Remember folks, this is less than a foot off the ground, with nothing surrounding you, and at the mercy of nature's unpredictable wind. It was this combination of wind and motor(less)sport that had me thoroughly terrified at first, then completely hooked. With these memories in mind I set out to find something as compelling and thrilling to occupy Sabrina's (11) weekends.
With it's die cast aluminum deck, and aluminum frame, the Rockboard is very durable, though pretty enough in design and detail that you'll still cringe at it's first ding. Out of the box we found there was an adjustable knob (located at the front) which controlled the locking and angle of the steering column for rocking vs traditional riding. Once loose, the steering column was able to be height adjusted according to the rider, then secured once more. The handle bars, folded down for space saving transport and pulled out and fastened via a threaded central connector. At the center of the steering column is a latch hook that pulls out and twists to adjust the height of the scooter. NOTE: Locking it up, the first time is natural. To adjust it back down there is a small notch that must be depressed. We've found this little notch to be sometimes finicky, and can pinch small fingers, so require and adult for this.
The base of the Rockboard (where your feet go) is sufficiently lined with a grip material that helps prevent your feet from slipping while in motion. Riding the device, itself, offers suggested foot placement, though we found this differs with the size and weight of the rider (maximum 200lbs). I, personally, felt most comfortable with my left heel flat against the angled edge of the board, with the right foot straight on the bottom. Expect your calves to tone quickly! Sabrina (11) is tall for her age and could easily get the hang of the Original, but we highly suggest the mini for children under 90lbs, as well as proper pads and protection!
What Daughter Says: This holiday season pick up the combination scooter-bike that will have the whole family outdoors!
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